The 1950 French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.
Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.
I loved Ruta Sepetys debut novel ”Between Shades of Gray”, a phenomenal story line and incredibly crafted characters, therefore when I saw in the GoodReads newsletter that Sepetys had another novel coming out I couldn’t wait to read it! I was not disappointed!
In “Out of the Easy” Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny. “Out of the Easy” is the kind of story that brings you in, wraps you up and doesn’t let you go until the end. The setting of 1950 New Orleans, a touch of murder, mystery and romance adds to the layers to the storyline. The characters are rich, fully developed and surprising becoming so much more than you first suspect. The interpersonal relationships build throughout the novel and the main character Josie grows to overcome hardships and challenges while she decides who she is and what she wants from life.
A Good Read!